The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) was founded in 1949 and is India’s pioneering institution in this discipline.

The HDFS program focuses on the interdisciplinary developmental study of individuals and families across life span. More specifically it aims at developing teaching, research, program planning, training, evaluation and consultation.
The uniqueness of the department is characterized by a tradition that focuses on collective ethos, free sharing, and team work, scope for autonomy and innovations and critical inward reflection with a strong concern and commitment for striving towards maintaining high academic standards.
Through support from the University Grants Commission (UGC) as well as research funds from other national and international agencies, the department continues to strengthen its academic, research and community outreach programs.
Recognizing the potential of the department, the UGC has awarded the Special Assistance Program (SAP) in the following stages:
DRA Phase:   1985- 1991
DSA Phase I:  1991-1996
DSA Phase II: 1997-2002
CAS Phase I:  2005-2009
CAS Phase II: 2010-2015
The department has been awarded the next phase of the CAS program which is expected to begin in May 2016.
The department program comprises a judicious balance of theoretical knowledge and field applications. Students engage in service learning through fieldwork in various settings which involves working with individuals across the life span – infants to older persons. In addition, through innovative outreach efforts, the department extends knowledge to policy makers, professionals, and social development organizations.

Head of Department

  • Prof. (Dr.) Shagufa Kapadia
    Department of Human Development & Family Studies

    Designation: Professor and Offg. Head & Co-ordinator, CAS

    Qualification: * Post Doctorate, New School for Social Research, New York, USA * Ph.D. in Human Development and ...
    Phone Nos: +91-265-2793984 Cell: 09825781934
    Email: shagufa@gmail.com, shagufa.kapadia-hdfs@msubaroda.ac.in
    Experience: Teaching and Research Experience: 30 years
    Areas of Interest: Cultural Perspectives in Human Development, Adolescent and Youth Studies, Women's Studies/ Gender ...